A large and active group, the Southern Miss trombone studio includes music majors pursuing undergraduate degrees in music education, jazz studies, performance, BA; master's degrees in performance and music education; and doctoral degrees in performance and music education. In addition to a weekly lesson, each studio member attends a weekly studio class, trombone octet, and choir rehearsals. Many members of the studio perform in trombone quartets and join our jazz trombone ensemble, Hub Bones.
Since the days of William Cramer and Emory Remington, the trombone choir has emerged, not only as a pedagogical tool, but also as a viable performing ensemble. With groups such as the New Trombone Collective, the trombone choir has received attention of new composers and many aspiring college trombonists. Numbering between 16 and 25 members, the Southern Miss Trombone Choir includes undergraduate and graduate student trombonists performing on alto, tenor and bass trombones. Typical performances include campus concerts, the All-South Honor Band Festival, and other regional appearances at local churches and schools. In addition to performing a wide variety of standard literature, the Choir remains committed to seeking out new works for trombone choir by upcoming composers and student composers.
The Southern Miss Trombone Choir and Select Octet have been invited to perform at both the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop. Most recently, the Trombone Choir joined James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony to perform his “Trombones at the Movies” arrangements of various John Williams’ scores as found on his critically acclaimed overdub album, From Light to Dark.
Winner of the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in 2002, Hub Bones follows in the tradition of groups like the Capitol Bones, a professional jazz trombone ensemble based in Washington D.C. Hub Bones utilizes 5 to 10 student trombonists accompanied by a rhythm section and performs a wide variety of jazz literature.
Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns
DiLorenzo’s Full Tilt
Jonathan McNeer (BM-2018 - studying MM at Northwestern University)
- Accepted a 90% scholarship to Northwestern University to pursue his MM with Michael Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with similar offers at other schools such as Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Western Michigan University. Was also a finalist at the Colburn School and Curtis Institute.
Taylor Jones (BM-2018 - studying currently MM at Duquesne University)
- Bass Trombone with the Meridian Symphony and finalist for SE Shires Competition at STS, 2nd Place Prize Winner at STS Orchestral Excerpts Competition, and a finalist in the Delta Symphony Orchestra's 27th Annual Young Artist Solo Competition.
Spencer Hudson (BM 2018 - studying currently MM at Oklahoma State University)
- Following successful audition submissions - frequently invited to attend the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Southeast Trombone Symposium, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, Miami Summer Music Festival, and numerous others on multiple occasions.
Craig Watson (DMA - current student)
- Performed on domestic and international tour of Annie- The Musical
- Currently, performing on the domestic tour of A Bronx Tale - The Musical
- Invited to perform Brian Sadler's Soundtrack for Trombone and Orchestra at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC as part of the guest artist recital series. This new composition by Sadler was commissioned by Josh Mize in 2017.
- Winner of Second Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
- United States Naval Band - Europe - Naples, Italy
- United States Naval Band - Pacific Fleet - Honolulu, Hawaii
- Band Director at the Richton School District